WRIGHT AND McLAUGHLIN SHOWN THE DOOR!

Big changes already as new GM Jeff Bridich hasn’t even had a chance to let his name on the door dry yet. The Rockies announced today that pitching coaches Jim Wright and Bo McLaughlin won’t be welcome back with the Rockies this coming season.

Wright, who ultimately replaced previous pitching coach Bob Apodaca, has been visiting the mound since 2012. McLaughlin setup shop in the bullpen and together they’ve completely underwhelmed the Rox faithful with the lack of arm talent being cultivated at Coors. 2014 saw the Rockies leading the league, and not in a good way, with an 88 ERA+.

Here’s hoping Bridich continues to make the important changes needed to get this team back on track.

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roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Deck chair-shuffling on the…. you know? Willing to give Bridich a chance, sure, but do pitching coaches reeeally make a giant difference AT COORS FIELD? I’m sorry but I’m holding to pessimism in general. Hypnotize Jon Lester into signing and then we’ll talk.

jaredean
jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Oh man RoxnSox, you really are bustin’ out the pessimism early 🙂 I see it as a big step in the right direction because, regardless of it being Coors or not, there are FOR SURE different levels of quality when it comes to pitching coaches. Some try to change a pitchers mechanics to fit their ideal of how someone should pitch, which i personally hate because it usually just messes them up, and then there are those that see and… Read more »

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Ok, I’ll go with your superior knowledge here. But I will not be optimistic for (in?) 2015 … YET. I don’t want to forget everything we have all observed and learned over two decades, reaching a culmination this year, and have to write 500 times on Bob’s blackboard 😉

Bob K.
Bob K.
6 years ago

Yahoo!! This is the second time that the Rockies have gotten rid of Wright. I never understood why he was brought back since it was O’Dowd that fired him the first time.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

I missed this thread earlier (another hectic travel day). I say bring on Mike Maddux.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

or Greg Maddux! Pitched too contact-never over powering-just plain knows how to pitch!

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
6 years ago

Jared, you absolutely have superior knowledge to mine on how pitchers are made and should be handled. And I’m glad for the shakeup we all wanted. I’m holding the pessimistic view still because nothing has been proven by it, nor will be for a year or so, and because I’ve been burned too hard and too long by optimism. Self-defense, cynicism, still hollowed out and tired from 2014. I wager Bob WILL have me at the blackboard by sometime in… Read more »

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

Its hard to be optimistic having gone through so much with the Rockies. However, in this case the new GM seems to be making some moves not just shuffling chairs around. I look forward to what he does from here out. It certainly beats hearing how we are just a year away like we have.

Jaredean
Jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  Roxnsox

Yeah, it’s a complete mystery to me why I still have my purple glass half-full when things like this happen. My wife makes fun of me constantly about how excited I get during spring and how down I get during the summer and she always points out, season after season, that the Rockies keep doing the same things and I keep falling for it. I could use some more skepticism, but that isn’t fun for me so I’ll stick with… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Roxnsox, please don’t misunderstand me. No matter what happens this off-season I will still be hopeful come the spring, will still be buying the mlb.tv package to catch all the Rockies games, will still be following all details Rockies, and will still be getting excited when good things happen and bummed when they don’t. That said, I will not be optimistic next spring! I can only hope to be pleasantly surprised.

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Bob, I loved your campaign/mantra. It fits so well where I am at. But I know I will be hopeful and excited in March and April. How not, if a baseball lover, no matter what your team was/is/might be? 🙂

(So I guess Hope is different than Optimism?)

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